Relish February 2013

Q: For once and for all, is pink pork safe to eat or not? —Susie S., St. Louis A: Well...Grandma would have said no. Pink and pork go together like gourmet food and Guy Fieri. Back in Nana's d... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

The following list was accurate as of a late February press date and will be published in the April 2013 issue of SLM . UPDATES ARE IN BOLDFACE Closings: Ozella's Pizzeria: 468 Highway... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

It is not so much Deb Perelman’s kitchen ingenuity—which is impressive enough—that intrigues, but her popularity. By all accounts, Perelman is the food blogger of the moment. Her Smitten Kitc... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

Ryan Mangialardo, head calzone-crimper at Sauce on the Side , has a secret. But if you’re nice, he will show you. Come back into the kitchen. Come closer. Yesssss, that’s right… Come back to th... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

If you have waited 90 minutes in line for dinner, you, sir or madam, are a putz. We say that with all due affection. And in your own best interest. After all, recognizing you are a putz is the f... more

Feb 28, 2013 12:00 PM Dining

In December, EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery was close enough to making a deal for 7500 square feet of the former Busch's Grove space that a June 2013 date was projected for the opening date of thei... more

Feb 26, 2013 5:10 PM Dining

By George Mahe Simone Faure was a wizened pastry chef before she ever was hired as Exec Chef the Ritz Carlton-St. Louis, but it wasn't until she began creating cakes fashioned after women's handbags a... more

Feb 25, 2013 5:30 PM Dining

Four years ago, Jake Hafner, then owner of 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar , sent out a long, heartfelt, and entertaining letter to his customers informing them he was selling the bar to Jeff Stettner.... more

Feb 24, 2013 9:50 AM Dining

Move over, Sweetie Pie's . There's a new soul food restaurant in South City, and it has chops. Depending on the day, The Choice features fried chicken, smothered chicken, smoked turkey legs, ... more

Feb 21, 2013 3:25 PM Dining

Those who remember Fio's La Fourchette do so fondly; those who've never had the pleasure now do...sort of. Next month, Fio and Lisa Antognini will return to St. Louis for a series of dinners hos... more

Feb 20, 2013 9:25 AM Dining

Is Clayton, Mo becoming a steak and potatoes town? One could make a case for it... On the heels of the two-month old Brazikat Brazilian Steak & Seafood House  comes word that  ARAKA  will close... more

Feb 19, 2013 6:25 PM Dining

OK, there are a few parish-church-type soup competitions around town throughout the year, but in comparison to the 6th Annual " Soup's On! ," they are minor and few. "Soup's On!" is an annual fu... more

Feb 19, 2013 12:20 PM Dining

Why does a  restaurant host/ess seem to seat diners at the most disagreeable table in a dining room full of empty tables? Carol M, St. Louis And I thought it was just me ! If there's a bus ... more

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

There are those of you – and you know who you are – who have not journeyed beyond the Land of the Expected, when it comes to grilled cheese. You think of grilled cheese as American cheese on white ... more

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

The Catholic church will be temporarily headless soon, but Lent must go on. Around these parts, that means a dizzying array of temporary cafeterias dishing up fried cod and sides of widely varyin... more

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

“Bad service will stay with you forever as a guest—you’ll tell that story,” says Chris Kelling, general manager at Niche . He’s right. If you think about your recent dining experiences, you probab... more

Feb 14, 2013 2:24 PM Dining

February is the calendar’s hospital-gown month: short, drab, and miserably chilly. And so one is thankful for diversions of whatever sort. That’s why we were taken with a story recently from San Fr... more

Feb 12, 2013 5:25 PM Dining

Editor's note: This month SLM dining critic Dave Lowry reviewed (naw, raved about ) Gerard Craft's Pastaria in Clayton. One of Lowry's obsessions was the canestri cacio e pepe : "You can—you m... more

Feb 11, 2013 5:50 PM Dining

By George Mahe In the last decade, Missouri has produced an uncanny number of quality chocolatiers: bean-to-bar makers like Patric in Columbia and Askinosie in Springfield, plus some equally impre... more

Feb 11, 2013 9:37 AM Dining

Anyone who knows the Rue Lafayette café knows owner Araceli Kopiloff and her Boston Terrier, Bella (at left), always on the premises and often in pearls. If you like dogs you have to marvel at ho... more

Feb 11, 2013 5:15 AM Dining